Sep 24, 2010 6:00pm EDT
to watch in the house. these are races we've singled out, including a congressional race in west virginia. this is the first district of west virginia. where democratic state legislature mike oliverio faces mckinley. the big trend this season has been the wave of anti-incumbent sentiment. chief political correspondent carl can cameron reports oliverio has already taken down a political mini dynasty. >> he was the first challenger across the country to beat any incumbent this year. he ousted 28-year democratic house veteran alan malahan whose father held the seat for 20 years before him. the state lawmaker opposes abortion, gay marriage, healthcare reform, president cap-and-trade bill, stimulus spending. most of president obama and the democratic party agenda. >> i'm not going to washington to get in-step with the washington leaders. i'm going to washington to try to get the leaders in step with the american people. >> the republican nominee is millionaire businessman dave mckinley, former west virginia g.o.p. chairman and state lawmaker. he argues once in washington, oliverio will be a ru
Sep 22, 2010 6:00pm EDT
in suburban virginia, as the g.o.p. leaders talk about the specifics. what about this? >> everybody wants to be twith the folks, which is okay. the biggest thing that the document does not address is the fact that the national debt is now 100% of g.d.p. and rising. right? so they start talking about how they are going to cut spending. $100 billion, in the first year out of a deficit that is now $1.5 trillion. they are talking about cutting, freezing discretionary spending and discretionary spending represents 32% of the federal budget. 58% of the federal budget is mandatory. that is entitlement. that is medicare, social security, not a word, not a word about doing that. furthermore, they are going to extent all of the bush tax cuts. permanently. now they do not deal with how they are going to fill the hole. if they say well, we'll take in more revenue, you have to show it. i don't think the math adds up. >> bret: charles? >> mort is dismayed that republicans aren't suicidely promising entitlement with a month to go before election day. i'm not surprised. democrats who were in charge haven
Sep 16, 2010 6:00pm EDT
virginia is one of them. take a listen. >> i think what we need to be doing right now is holding the line on taxes, not letting anybody's taxes go up at least until we see the end of this terrible recession. i think it's a pretty simple idea. there are a number of other folks here, also, on the democratic side that agree with me on this. and you know, i led a letter along with some other members, 31 signatures on it among the democrats here that said it's not the time to raise anybody's taxes. >> so what about that? >> yeah, no, i was talking to jerry connolly on monday who was at a town hall with president obama, president obama was there, talking about not wanting to extend these for, for the upper income folks, and jerry connolly was there, saying, hey, he'd want to extend these for everyone, at least temporarily because he thinks that the recovery is too fragile. so it's not just about republicans, it's almost kind of like you've got a revolt among democrats who are also saying that maybe this recovery is too fragile for a tax hike at this point. they've got a problem on their hands.
Sep 20, 2010 6:00pm EDT
at this lumberyard in virginia, outside washington on thursday morning. lumber company president hopes that the g.o.p. leaders will push for the bush tax cuts will be extended across the board. >> we don't need to be hit in the recession with a tax increase. you can say it's the expiration of tax cut. it's tax increase. >> also expected to be on the list of the governing agenda, 20 items aimed to create jobs, reducing government spending and repealing or counteracting recently passed healthcare legislation. conservatives say they expect even more. we must not remain silent when great moral values are being raged. those who have us ignore the battle fought over life, marriage, religious liberty have forgotten the lessons of history. >> at least one house republican congressman pit says he's been assured that thursday's document will include language on social issues to conservative. though it's drawing comparisons to the contract on america, sources say they're different in content and presentation. no gathering on the step of the u.s. capital this time. no signature on the dotted line. just a hea